Daily Getaways, a promotion sponsored by the US Travel Association and American Express, just revealed their week five “sales.” You can read about their week one and two offerings here, and about their week three offerings here.
Anyway, they’ve just unveiled the details of their week five promotion here, which looks pretty good to me.
The Best Western deal on Monday doesn’t really interest me, since they don’t have any real “aspirational” awards, and points can only be converted into miles at a 5:1 ratio. That means the $60 purchase would earn you 2,000 miles, which is three cents per mile. No thanks.
The Fairmont offer can be a good deal. They’re selling both six nights in Hawaii for $1,750 ($1,575 if paying with an American Express), and two nights at the Plaza New York for $950 ($855 if paying with an American Express). Both offers include breakfast. There’s no doubt that in both instances these are savings over the prevailing rates, though in both destinations there are other hotels I’d rather use points for. So if it works for you, great, but for me, it’s just not worth it.
For Wednesday, May 9, Hyatt has the following on sale:
24,000 points for $234 with an American Express card, for a total of 0.975 cents per point (100 available, 20 during presale)
30,000 points for $300 with an American Express card, for a total of 1.0 cents per point (35 available)
36,000 points for $373.50 with an American Express card, for a total of 1.0375 cents per point (15 available)
69,000 points for $697.5 with an American Express card, for a total of 1.011 cents per point (15 available)
All of these are amazing deals. Hyatt’s top hotels cost 22,000 points per night, so you’re basically looking at paying around $220 per night for hotels like the Park Hyatt Tokyo, Park Hyatt Maldives, Park Hyatt Paris, etc.
The huge catch here is that the quantities available are minimal. There will probably be thousands (if not tens of thousands) of people competing for under 200 packages. So while you might as well show up when they start the promotion, think of it more as a fun lottery game than a serious chance at scoring some Hyatt points, in my opinion.
Good luck to everyone, though!